RALEIGH – Drivers near the Holly Springs
Towne Center project along N.C. 55 Bypass will notice a change in the traffic
pattern starting today as work began on converting that stretch of highway into
what is called a superstreet.
The changes will prevent drivers on the
Bypass from making a left turn at the intersections with Green Oaks
Parkway/West Holly Springs Road and New Hill Road/West Holly Springs Road.
They will also prevent all drivers coming off
those side streets from going across the Bypass or making left turns onto it.
Instead, they will have to turn right and use nearby signalized U-turn
locations to access the side
street on the opposite side or go in the opposite direction on the Bypass.
Once work on the intersections is completed
in about four weeks, drivers on the Bypass will once again be able to make left
turns at the two intersections. However, the change that requires drivers
coming off the side streets to use the U-turn is permanent.
The changes are being implemented to
accommodate anticipated additional traffic along the Bypass as a result of the
recent opening of the final section of the Triangle Expressway, and the opening
this spring of the shopping center at the intersection with New Hill Road/West
Holly Springs Road.
The superstreet concept is being increasingly
used in North Carolina and other states because it improves traffic flow for
congested intersections, and the safety for motorists by reducing the chance
for serious accidents.
The traffic flow improvements are the result of
shorter traffic light stops on the main road, improving travel time along the
Even more importantly, superstreets reduce
the risk of crashes and specifically the risk of severe crashes such as
side-collisions or T-bone type accidents. Since the superstreet eliminates the
two movements that are the highest risk for serious injury – side street
cross-overs and left turns - the likelihood of severe and fatal incidents at
the superstreet intersection are reduced.
These changes were approved by the N.C. Department of Transportation, and were built into the cost of the
Holly Springs Towne Center project at the request of the Town of Holly Springs. They are being paid for by the shopping center developer.
NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information,
stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.